#20 Self-Awareness Part 1
Part 1 in the Self-Awareness Series.
Who am I?
Why am I?
The first step. Ask a question of yourself and your mind cannot help but search for an answer. But its like a man searching for some condiment hidden in the fridge – inadequately invasive; dismissive. Find an answer – something that just feels good – then, with a shovel of rationalisation, bury it deep into the hero’s storyline. Man, that feels good!! Here – have shit tonnes of dopamine! Another mystery solved. Let’s move on.
Our ego feeds us the hero’s story perpetually: You’re a special little snowflake. So talented! You’re going to leave a real dent in this world, the ripples of which will be felt for many generations to come. Just gorge on a few more hours of Geordie Shore and then fit in your RDA of Facebook – you aught to be well rested before your world domination…
The ego is a protective filter, a condom for the brain, either justifying, simplifying, or ignoring everything we experience and thereby ensuring we don’t get pulled to shreds by cognitive dissonance (the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioural decisions and attitude change).
The truth is not essential.
Can this inherent self-deception be combated? Well, yes, but certainly not without difficulty. Should this be combatted? I’d argue that there are few things more important. The variance in self-awareness has been found to be significantly related to a number of performance outcomes – i.e. an accurate assessment of the self is positively correlated with excellence.
Check out part two of the self-awareness podcast and its corresponding article as we delve deeper into how self-awareness is garnered, how to reduce the self-deception of ego, as well as the deluge of positive benefits that self-awareness brings with it.
This is The Gentlemen’s Game.